Q: Hi. I'm about to start a 30-day intense swimming training course in a couple of weeks, which means I will be in a pool for
10-hrs a day, 5 days a week. As my hair isn't naturally greasy, I only need to wash it twice a week. Is there any way I can protect my
hair from the chlorine so that I do not have to wash my hair at the end of every day?
A: The only real way to do so is to use a bathing cap. Apply a thin strip of petroleum jelly around the edges of the cap to minimize the
amount of water penetrating to the hair beneath. If using a swim cap is unsuitable for you, then you have to accept that your hair will
need some treatment to help neutralize the chlorine levels to which it is exposed.
This doesn’t mean that you have to shampoo the hair at the end of every day, but you should be
using a conditioner on the hair to help neutralize it. Look for a good swimmer’s shampoo and conditioner from your local beauty supply
shop. This should allow you to neutralize the chlorine without shampooing daily. (Simply shampoo every few days.)